Live Music in Tennessee
For music fans, Tennessee is where music meets the road. From Bristol to Nashville to Memphis, the state lays claim to events that changed the course of musical history and defined new sounds. With historic recording studios, iconic live-performance venues, living legends still playing the clubs and a culture of creativity where artists thrive, Tennessee owns a music scene like no other.
Music is alive and thriving throughout the state’s three regions with festivals that tout Tennessee’s claim to musical fame. The four-day Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, staged on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, presents more than 150 acts to an audience of approximately 80,000. Each June, Nashville hosts CMA Music Festival, where country’s biggest stars perform day and night. Memphis in May festival in Beale Street, Memphis features more than 60 artists each year, including the likes of legendary Aretha Franklin, Santana and Lou Reed.
Tennessee holidays are filled with a melting pot of tradition and innovation colliding together to create one of the most artistic and appealing entertainment destinations for fans of all genres. It’s where music – great music – meets the road! Explore the gospel foundation of so many styles of modern music. Delve into the broad spectrum of country music at the legendary Grand Ole Orpy. Tap your toes to the sounds of bluegrass, Americana and roots music, or let yourself go to the sounds of good old rock n' roll. Feel the cool breeze of some hot jazz, and immerse yourself in the rhythms of the blues at BB Kings Blues Club in Memphis. Be moved by the uplifting sounds of Tennessee's orchestras and opera companies. Whatever your musical taste, Tennessee is the place to indulge it.